May 21, 2019: AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of the Volga-Dnepr Group, has confirmed that the volumes carried on the 'abc XL' product were up 3 percent year-on-year over the period to more than 11,000 tonnes.

The B747F operator's demand for its 'abc XL' product dedicated to oversized and heavy cargoes continued to grow strongly in the first four months of this year. Reflecting the growing importance of this business, ABC has now rolled out a freighter painted in an 'abc XL' aircraft livery.

"For the first four months of 2019, the growth in 'abc XL' shipments also included a more than 10 percent increase in out-of-gauge cargoes being loaded through the swing-up nose cargo door of our 747 fleets, amounting to more than 2,000 tonnes," said Vasiliy Zhukov, global director, heavy & outsized cargo at ABC.

Noting the use of the new 'abc XL' livery, he also noted, "The Boeing 747 freighter's capabilities and efficiency including its nose cargo door loading feature significantly ramps up the volume of different oversized and heavy shipments we can transport across our international network."

The airline saw the biggest surge in oversize and heavy shipments on the trade lanes it serves to and from Europe and North America.

Between these two markets, there was a doubling of these specialist shipments out of Europe and a growth of 45 percent out of North America.

The 'abc XL' liveried freighter complements the abc pharma branded freighters within ABC's fleet. Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport-based ABC's fleet currently consists of 18 B747 freighters.

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